Re: [SCA Newcomers] OT -Looking to commission Cotehardie style dresses
> This is a post for a friend who is not in SCA. Her sister is gettingI know you asked that replies be sent directly to your friend, but
> married in February and would like to commission 3 dresses. She would
> like a dressed based on cotehardie style but since this is more of a
> fantasy wedding than medieval that isn't the exact look.
since this much of this answer applies more broadly--to any search for
an artisan from whom to commission clothing--I decided to send it to
the list, anyway.
The Garb 4 Sale Yahoo! Group <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/garb4sale/>
is a better place to post details of what you'd like to have made.
There are artisans there who take commissions regularly and are
actively seeking new ones. (Many of them also do work for Ren faires,
which is closer to what you're looking for than S.C.A. garb, and would
be familiar with the "pretty princess" look and how to achieve it.)
If there are SCAdians in your friend's area who take commissions,
you're more likely to find them through the local branch than through
any international group. If there's a branch mailing list, that's a
good place to post the request. Many branches have clothiers' guilds,
and most of them have ministers of Arts & Sciences. Those individuals
might be able to help put you in touch with someone who does commercial
sewing, if for some reason you don't want to use the mailing list.
> They are looking for someone in the DC metro area.In that case, the branch is the Barony of Storvik. They use a Yahoo!
Group for communication <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/storvik/>, and
the website has contact info for the MoAS
<http://storvik.atlantia.sca.org/whoiswho.html#officers> and the
individual who co-ordinates the garb research and hand sewing meetings
On the other hand, since your friend wants modern dresses there's
really no reason she needs to commission them from someone who
specializes in historical clothing. The D.C. yellow pages probably
list any number of custom dressmakers. Any of them should be able to
make what she wants, given a photo of the dress that inspired her and
notes on how she wants it modified. Or she could start with a sewing
pattern; that'll probably save her time and money. Butterick has three
that might work: B4827 <http://www.butterick.com/item/B4827.htm>,
B4377 <http://www.butterick.com/item/B4377.htm>, and B3552
<http://www.butterick.com/item/B3552.htm>. McCall's also has three:
M4490 <http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4490.htm>, M4491
<http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4491.htm>, and M4492
<http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4492.htm>. They wouldn't be a good
choice for S.C.A. garb, since their cut and construction won't produce
anything that looks medieval, but they should suit your friend's needs.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra